NEW DEHLI, June 30 : Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government banned 59 Chinese apps including TikTok, WeChat and Weibo.TikTok also denied sharing users’ data with the Chinese government.
TikTok, owned by China’s ByteDance, allows users to upload and share short videos and is spectacularly popular in India its 120 million users have made it the app’s top international market.
India banned the wildly popular app as ties with Beijing deteriorate sharply following a deadly border clash. Blaming each other for the brutal hand-to-hand battle on June 15 as talks make little headway, the Asian giants have been bolstering their border forces as anti-China sentiment grows in India.
As India reportedly considered hiking tariffs and with some Chinese imports held up at ports, The ministry of information technology said the apps “are engaged in activities prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, security of state and public order”.
The head of TikTok India issued a statement saying the firm has “not shared any information of our users in India with any foreign government, including the Chinese government”.
“Further if we are requested to in the future we would not do so,” Nikhil Gandhi said, adding that “hundreds of millions of users, artists, story-tellers, educators and performers on it for their livelihood.”